1) Find the first barline on the first stave. Right click it so the context menu appears. In the context menu do: Select > All Similar Elements in Same Stave.
The following steps are then done in the Inspector:
2) In the "Style" field, choose "Dashed barline"
3) In the "Spanned staves" field, enter 2
4) In the "Span from" field, enter 8
5) In the "Span to" field, enter 0
Repeat steps 2 - 5 for all but the last stave.
6) Right click the last stave to open its context menu. Choose "Stave Properties" to open the dialog. Uncheck the "Show barlines" checkbox.
I'm currently using the following method to denote ficta:
1) Find the ficta accidental in score imported from MusicXML. If it's a ficta accidental, then it will be enclosed in parenthesis.
2) Replace the parenthesized accidental with a normal one.
3) Double click the replaced accidental, then drag it up, so it appears above the note to which it applies (above the stave)
As I described in the "What is this group about" post (https://musescore.com/groups/4361571/discuss/4366491) I start with a MusicXML score obtained from the Josquin Research Project.
I then follow these steps:
1) Download the MusicXML score from the Josquin project website.
2) Open the MusicXML score in MuseScore (I'm currently using version 2.1.0)
3) In the Score Properties (Menu: File > Score Proprties), add the link to the Josquin Research Project webpage corresponding to that particular score in the "Source" field.
4) Change the instruments to appropriate vocal instruments (Soprano, Alto, etc.)
5) Add a bracket across all voices of the score.
6) Modify the barlines. Since early music notation does not have barlines it is custom to use dashed barlines between staffs. I describe in detail how that works in a separate post.
7) Add a final bar line at the end of the piece.
8) Modify the accidentals between parenthesis to make them appear to be "ficta".
9) Try to find one or more scores for the piece on IMSLP (http://imslp.org/) that has lyrics. Then, add the lyrics accordingly, and add the link to that IMSLP score to the "source" field in the score properties (as in step #3). This way, both sources are kept together with the musescore score.
10) Add a Vertical Frame way in front of the score. (select the existing frame with the title and so on, then choose Menu: Add > Frames > Insert Vertical Frame). In the new Vertical frame, add the title, composer, and if possible, the lyricist. If applicable, add a subtitle too. Title should be entered as
Josquin des Prez - Mille Regretz (Chanson)
11) Add a Text Frame after the first Vertical frame. Add lyrics as text. Give it a heading using the title in bold.
12) Add a page break so the text frame and first Vertical heading appear at the first page, and the original Vertical frame + rest of the score appear on the next.
12) Try to find an English translation of the text, and paste it below the original lyrics (along with the translated title, in bold)
13) Below the texts, add an "Ensemble" heading, followed by a list of instruments (voice types) used in the piece, from highest to lowest.
14) Below the "Ensemble" section, add a "Sources" section. Paste all links used to create the score there:
- the link to the MusicXML score at the Josquin Research Project website
- link(s) to the IMSLP score(s)
- link to the English translation
15) Save the file to MuseScore format using the following file name convention:
Josquin des Prez_Mille Regretz.mscz
16) Upload to Musescore.com.
17) Add to Josquin group.
18) Try to look for a Youtube to register it as audiosource. Preferably, one that shows footage of a live performance of a quality ensemble. Synchronize the audiosource and score to create a score animation
I recently bumped into a wonderful project called the "Josquin Research Project" by Stanford University. The project aims to categorize and analyze music from the Franco-Flemish school, and make the music and the analysis accessible.
You can read more about the Josquin project here:
One of the things that the project's website offers is musical scores in MusicXML format. It turns out those resources are in the public domain, and I verified whether I was allowed to redistribute them in MuseScore format. So, here we are.
The Josquin project offeres scores from many composers, but I believe scores by Josquin the Pres are in the majority. Since this is in many ways an iconic composer, I decided to start on those scores, and this group is where I will maintain them.